The Louvre Museum

May 4, 2010

France has any beautiful places that can attract visitor. Eifel is one of them, and beside the romantic Eiffel, France also has The Louvre museum. This is one of the largest museums in the world and also become a central landmark of Paris, France. The museum is located on the Right Bank of the Seine in the 1st district.

This museum show up any object from 10 August 1973 with an exhibition of 537 paintings. The collection is about 380.000 objects and display 35,000 works of art in eight curatorial departments. The collection from prehistory to the 19th century is exhibited over an area of 60,600 square meters (652,300 square feet).
These all collection consist of Egyptian antiquities, Near Eastern antiquities, Greek, Etruscan, and Roman, Islamic art, Sculpture, Decorative arts, Painting and also Prints and drawings.

Louvre Palace is the house of the museum; this palace was which began as a fortress built in the late 12th century under Philip II. Remnants of the fortress are still visible. The building was extended many times to form the present Louvre Palace.

In 1672, Louis XIV chose the Palace of Versailles for his household, leaving the Louvre primarily as a place to display the royal collection, including, from 1692, a collection of antique sculpture. In 1692, the building was occupied by the Académie des Inscriptions et Belles Lettres and the Académie Royale de Peinture et de Sculpture, which in 1699 held the first of a series of salons. The Académie remained at the Louvre for 100 years. During the French Revolution, the National Assembly decreed that the Louvre should be used as a museum, to display the nation's masterpieces.


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